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2 nights ago I had a bad asthma attack. The previous week I was taken off most allergy meds to do testing. I went back on most & some new that night, and I started wheezing some. Next day was tough, but little wheezing. The next day, I wheezed all day, and it got severe. I scared my kids to death! I take Advair 500 2xday, Singulair, Albuterol, Nasonex, Zyrtec D 2xday, and am trying the nasal irrigation. I called doc.(not the allergist, too mad at her) Doc. Rx prednisone a.s.a.p. (3rd time this year!) I started breathing better within a couple hours. But eversince, I have a headache, slight pain on the exhale around right side of chest, and ache like I have the flu. No fever. The cough only comes on exhertion or laughing. I really don't understand my asthma; until this past year it hasn't been a big deal. And my allergy tests/breathing test showed light allergies to grass & dust (I think the Singulair could affect this), and my breathing was good at the time so she knocked me down to the 250 Advair (I asked if that could be false due to Albuterol every 4 hrs. & Advair 500--she said no). I am so frustrated! I feel like I'm 80 years old. I want to go outside with my kids & have fun, but I'm scared to do ANYTHING! Now, I don't know whether to go to Urgent care for the chest pain & intermittent coughing jags. Pneumonia? Has anyone experienced similiar issues after a serious attack? Help!:confused:
Several things here...why the Zyrtex D rather than plain Zyrtec? You didn't mention any sinus congestion.

Why do you think the Singulair has anything to do with the dust allergy?

Are you taking albuterol every 4 hours every day? Or as needed?

You mention wheezing after exertion...do you mean cardio activity? If so, do you use albuterol before?

And are you aware that the prednisone and the Zyrtec D both can cause the chest pains you mention? Both can raise your blood pressure and the "D" can cause an irregular heartbeat.
Zyrtec D is for the major mess I was in after 5 days of no zyrtec or antihistimines.

My concern for the Singulair was that it lessened the "not severe" reactions I did have to the dust & grass on the testing. ?? I'd been advised to stay on it for my asthma.

I had been taking the albuterol almost 3-4 hrs. on the dot from the time I was taken off the allergy meds & started getting so congested (sinus & chest). Allergist's office said fine & that that had no effect (making a false good reading ) on the blowing test they did for the asthma.??
No, I'm sorry the wheezing was upon the exhale; then became on the inhale also. No exhertion at all. Just breathing.

No, I didn't realize that. I spoke with my family doc. earlier & she didn't seem like they were a problem (z-D & pred.). That does concern me. At bed last night, I could hear my pulse in my ears and at one point I thought my heart was irregular. Then I did fall asleep. I have been extremely exhausted & achey through this whole ordeal.

I'm going to "chalk" it up to I can never stop my allergy meds. again (and mow the grass. . .but I didn't know & dh was sick). Thanks for your help. I am going to talk to doc. Monday, but NOT going back to that Allergist! (My children did tell me I scared them, and 1--possibly 2 have asthma & allergies, too. I want to set a good example for them & never put them through this again.)--thanks again![url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/images/smilies/wave.gif[/url]
My asthma is bad and now I have chronic bronchitis and can't breath too good here. Waiting for pulm. appt next week so I hope I can wait. I hate
my general dr. and all he ever does it put me on antibiotics and 7 days of pred. and it all comes back again. I've had this problem for a year now. I'm scared of getting emphysemia.
Something you have to remember also is that asthma will almost always get worse at nights. I had a baby that went through this for the first 5 years of his life. Wasn't supposed to make it to his first birthday. He was on 22 different medications daily along with the nebulizer. You have got to have an asthma/allergist doctor that will work with you. It seems to me that the asthma is not under control nor has it been for some time. My son was even sent to a hospital in Denver that specializes in lung diseases only and you can only be accepted by doctor referral. This happened when he was two years old.

I know a couple of things that did help him were to have the head of the mattress propped up with blankets, phone books or a bunch of pillows. And this may sound hard to do sometimes but if you could possibly swim laps somewhere it is one of the best exercises for asthmatics b/c of the cardio part. I had him in the pool when he was 7 months old just for that reason.

Make your doctor listen to you and if s/he doesn't, then find one who will. It is not worth missing out on so much of your life with your kids.

Once again, they told me the baby would not make it to his first birthday, he will be 20 in December.

Good Luck and my hearts and prayers are with you.
[QUOTE=Jenn4508;3119715]Something you have to remember also is that asthma will almost always get worse at nights. I had a baby that went through this for the first 5 years of his life. Wasn't supposed to make it to his first birthday. He was on 22 different medications daily along with the nebulizer. You have got to have an asthma/allergist doctor that will work with you. It seems to me that the asthma is not under control nor has it been for some time. My son was even sent to a hospital in Denver that specializes in lung diseases only and you can only be accepted by doctor referral. This happened when he was two years old.

I know a couple of things that did help him were to have the head of the mattress propped up with blankets, phone books or a bunch of pillows. And this may sound hard to do sometimes but if you could possibly swim laps somewhere it is one of the best exercises for asthmatics b/c of the cardio part. I had him in the pool when he was 7 months old just for that reason.

Swimming laps take the wind out of me so bad I can't stand it. Then again, I think I have bronchitis and an infection to boot.

Make your doctor listen to you and if s/he doesn't, then find one who will. It is not worth missing out on so much of your life with your kids.

Once again, they told me the baby would not make it to his first birthday, he will be 20 in December.

Good Luck and my hearts and prayers are with you.[/QUOTE]





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